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Nokia collaborates with ExteNet Systems to bring high-speed internet to in rural California

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Nokia collaborates with ExteNet Systems to bring high-speed internet to in rural California

  •, a recipient of the Connect America Fund (CAF II), contracted with network partner ExteNet Systems for the CBRS network, featuring Nokia Radio Access Network (RAN) and microwave backhaul technology and ExteNet’s IP core
  • is investing in a major internet backbone upgrade in response to CAF II to bring high-speed broadband services to underserved rural homes and small businesses, and to address immediate traffic demands due to COVID-19
  • The new network is one of the first commercial deployments of CBRS technology in the U.S. with a path to 5G  

May 7, 2020

Dallas, Texas – Nokia and ExteNet Systems today announced their agreement to deliver a CBRS network for, Inc., a wireless internet service provider based in Northern California, with internet speeds of up to 100 Mbps downlink and 20 Mbps uplink for customers in rural and underserved regions.

For the network buildout, Nokia is the primary supplier of equipment deployed in the network, including microwave radios, IP routers and the AirScale RAN solution. ExteNet Systems, a leading communications infrastructure provider, is responsible for the design, build and operations of’s CBRS network while also providing a hosted IP core service.

The new network buildout is underway with most of the work planned for completion in the first four years of the agreement. By leveraging Nokia’s microwave backhaul to connect cell sites, combined with fixed wireless to reach end users and high-performance IP service routers, can overcome the challenges of bringing high-speed broadband to regions where fiber rollout isn’t an option.

The network will also be one of the first deployments of CBRS technology in the U.S. The new network will utilize the shared 3.5 GHz CBRS spectrum band, previously available only to the U.S. Navy and Department of Defense. CBRS enables multiple entities to use the shared spectrum band at the same time, and opens up new spectrum that wireless internet service providers such as can access to bring high-speed internet and 5G to its rural communities.

Tim Mahoney, National Director of Sales – U.S. Regionals, Nokia, said: “Nokia believes in bringing connectivity to everyone, whether they live in large urban cities, or in counties such as those in Northern California where is staking its claim as the leading service provider in the region with this new network design and build. During this critical time where people are operating under ‘stay at home’ protocols, it’s more important than ever that we solve internet traffic overload issues due to COVID-19 and ensure we keep people connected with their communities. This buildout is strategically planned over the next 10 years with the majority of work completed up front. As such, we are committed to our long-term partnership with and ExteNet Systems to put the enormous benefits of access to high-speed internet for education, commerce, healthcare and more into the hands of the people.”

Jason Osborne, VP of Strategic Solutions, ExteNet Systems, said: “The combination of Nokia equipment with our Infrastructure-as-a-Service offering proved to be the right fit for We have worked with for many years and selected Nokia RAN and microwave radio as an integrated offering with our distributed evolved packet core (EPC) solution for the CBRS network build. benefits from our carrier-class network assurance, including 24/7 monitoring and maintenance. Nokia is our trusted partner and we look forward to working closely together on this important network buildout for”

Nick Sekulich, Director of Operations,, said: “In the rural regions that we serve, we needed a wireless solution that can deliver the same performance as fiber, and we needed a trusted partner in wireless infrastructure to help bring our vision of a highly reliable wireless network to life. We chose to build our new network exclusively with Nokia equipment given the company’s decades-long reputation for quality in telecom and our mutual commitment to bridging the digital divide for underserved communities.”

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About ExteNet Systems, Inc.

Lisle, IL-based ExteNet Systems, Inc. is a leading provider of converged communications infrastructure and services addressing outdoor and in-building wireless, fiber and other advanced connectivity needs of its customers. Our customers include mobile network operators (MNOs), real estate owners, property managers, wholesale carriers, enterprises, municipalities and rural carriers. ExteNet’s outdoor networks are deployed in a variety of urban, suburban and rural environments while indoor networks are typically deployed in property verticals like commercial office buildings, sports and entertainment venues, hotels and convention centers, healthcare facilities and transit systems. For more information, please visit

“ExteNet®” is a registered trademark of ExteNet Systems, Inc.

About is a privately-held premier northern-California based Internet Service Provider, offering a variety of services to meet the data communications needs of individuals and businesses. The company provides high-speed Internet access and high-quality VoIP telephony services, Web hosting, a local co-location datacenter, and local technical support. The company’s fixed-wireless broadband service currently provides high-speed Internet in an area spanning from Nevada County southward to Tuolumne County in the western Sierras and from San Joaquin County to Madera County in the Central Valley, serving rural communities where no other provider is able to reach. A recent winner of federal Connect America subsidies, is leveraging those funds to expand its services throughout interior California from Bakersfield to Redding. Its facilities-based Voice over Internet Protocol telephony service offers crystal-clear voice service with nationwide calling for one low fixed price.

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Manish Matta
VP, Marketing at ExteNet Systems
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